Wildlife

There’s loads to see at Paxton Pits, especially if you’re patient. It’s a well-loved spot for bird watching, with many overwintering wildfowl and regular sightings of kingfishers – as well as the famous nightingales. But you’ll also see plenty of other evidence of a healthy ecosystem here, including elusive mammals such as otters and weasels, plus a wide range of wildflowers, dragonflies, damselflies and butterflies.

 

Visit our Latest Sightings Blog to see what’s been out and about most recently. For an idea of what you might see at different times of year, we’ve got a handy month-by-month guide. And if you spot anything yourself, please let us know what you’ve seen and where by writing in the sightings book at the visitor centre or by emailing Ranger Jim.

 

The most recent sightings from the blog:

  • June 1st: Lesser whitethroat on the mound, g-s woodpecker at the Hayden Hide (AP)Breeding Bird Survey:  June 2nd Neal Parkin Reports:The highlights from this weekend surveys were:Cuckoo – a male & female were seen flying together at both south and north […]
  • We have a new logbook in the Visitor Centre where you can enter all your sightings, not just birds. Your records are very important to monitor all the creatures that live on the Reserve or pass through it. Records of common […]
  • Hi everyone! April started slowly but a smattering of spring migrants passing through made for some interesting sightings. I have altered the format this month to allow me to paste in people's reports exactly as they wrote them. It also saves time […]